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Wheelbarrow
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5 June 2017
Munich racecourse
Adm €10, racecard €2.50, curriewurst and chips €6.50 (not, it has to be said, the finest specimen)

A day that started drizzly turned into a lovely sunny afternoon right up until the point we got back to the station at the end of the meeting!

Munich racecourse is 5 minutes walk from Riem s-bahn stop (S2 line), only 15 minutes and half a dozen stops from Marienplatz in the old town. It is a pancake flat 10 furlong oval with long straights and tight-ish bends (think Yarmouth or Redcar) and clearly suited to a late challenge as the majority of the 8 races on the card were won from the back, one or two in spectacular style.

It is a very pleasant course, with a relaxed feel to everything. The jockeys stroll through the crowds from the weighing room to the parade ring and returning horses are walked back through the spectators with no barriers or ropes. There are three main viewing structures, the best of which was the marvelous old wooden two-tier grandstand (the 'A' Tribune) nearest the finish line with it's 'cubicles' of four garden chairs, or wooden benches further back. Next along is a modern, glass fronted Club Tribune with tiered seating, and finally a shallower concrete stand (Reihentribune) with several rows of bench seating and covered standing at the back which also gave you an elevated view of the parade ring out the back. The stands get gradually further and further away from the course and, between the distance away from the rail and being a good half furlong from the line, the open concrete stand doesn't give the best view and atmosphere. There is plenty of open space on the grass in front right up to the rail where a good view can be had, especially with the aid of the big screen.

Further down the home straight are two wooden buildings which house a proper sit down restaurant and bar for more substantial dining, with lots of seating spaces inside and on the grass.

Betting is by the Tote only with lots of terminals around the course including some in each of the stands, and by the parade ring. Only let down slightly by very few if any of these actually displaying the current and evolving odds, meaning a trip via the (busy) betting hall each time we wanted to see how things were shaping up.

All in all a fine day out in a new country for racing for me, and one I'll return to for more venues. Munich was a predictably pleasant spot to spend a couple of days.


mxhornet
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Jun 9, 2017, 6:22 AM

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Thursday 08-06-17 7pm
Watton Lightning - 72 Notre Dame - 16
Norwich & District Summer League Division Six
City Academy Norwich

My scoring allocation this week.

Notre Dame had just 6 players right from the start and were always likely to suffer. After giving a decent account of themselves in the first quarter (15-6) playing a player down gradually told on them, particularly as Watton had several subs to call upon. Half time score was 33-10, then at three quarter time 52-13.

After the half term break, my next game as scorer comes around quickly (Monday) and will be my first visit in 2017 to my most local venue, Hellesdon.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


rambler77
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Jun 11, 2017, 6:57 PM

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American Football

Sunday 11th June

LEICESTER FALCONS 30-0 BIRMINGHAM BULLS
(BAFA NL NFC 1 South)
@ Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley
Adm: £5
Prog: none
Att: around 100

Comfortable win for the hosts who now go to 4 and 1. Defences on top in the 1st half, with the only TD & 2 pt conversion coming in the 2nd quarter.

Three more TD's in the second half, two in the 3rd q and one in the 4th. Two of the TD's had successful 2 pt conversions.



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mxhornet
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Jun 14, 2017, 8:15 AM

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Monday 12-06-17 7pm
Cromer - 58 Rackheath - 31
Norwich & District Summer League Division Six
Hellesdon Community Centre

My scoring allocation this week.

Despite a pretty even game, Cromer's far better shooting aided by a very tall goal attack meant they were turning the scoreboard over quicker. A 16-6 first quarter was followed by a 12-10 second to bring up a half time score of 28-16. In the second half Cromer were more dominant with quarter scores of 15-8 and 15-7.


Tuesday 13-06-17 7pm
Phoenix - 24 Wrens - 29
Norwich & District Summer League Division Three
Sewell Park Academy

After spending most of the day on bird watching trip with my mum to Cley Marshes. I just about had enough time to get back out to the nearest netballing venue hosting games last night and glad I made the effort it's been a little while since I've seen a close game. Not the highest scoring game with Wrens leading most of the way having been behind early on, but never with enough of a margin to relax. Quarter scores were 5-7, 6-8, 8-8, 5-6.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


Rob North
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Jun 22, 2017, 8:54 PM

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Sunday 18th June

Criterium Cycling - 'Crit Under The Castle' at Stirling

An annual event taking in circuit racing around Stirling City Centre, the course taking in a steady drop round the 'back' of the circuit before a climb up through the centre and then a downhill section before a flat finish straight. Apart, that is, for the Men's and Women's race which climbed the steep cobbled hill up to Stirling Castle.

The Under 16 races were very competitive as part of the National Circuit Race Series. The Girls race went to a bunch sprint won by Kate Wootton from Lee Valley Youth CC. The Boys race saw three riders go clear from halfway, working well together before Max Rushby of Pedalsport outsprinted George Mills-Keeling(Wolverhampton) and Blain Jamieson(Halesowen), with a mass bunch sprint a minute back for fourth.

In the Women's race local riders Jenny Holl and Rhona Callender went clear at half distance. Your correspondent hot footed it up the hill during the last two laps, and Holl appeared in front of the Castle well clear.

The men's race was a two man scrap between promising Scots youngsters Joe Nally (12th in this year's Junior Paris-Roubaix Classic) and Ruari Yeoman. Nally finished strongest, some 50 metres clear of Yeoman with Ryan Fenwick pulling clear of the peloton on the lcimb to take third.

A great day of free entertainment in the sunshine of Stirling.


mxhornet
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Jun 23, 2017, 7:14 AM

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Thursday 22-06-17 7pm
Thoroughbreds Ponies - 13 Norwich City Flyers - 46
Norwich & District Summer League Division Six
Sewell Park Academy


My scoring allocation this week.

After scoring the first goal Ponies were on the backfoot for rest of the first quarter (16-2), they coped better in the middle periods ((25-6) and (33-10) before tailing off again the last 15 minutes.

I'm back at Sewell Park next Thursday for my last scheduled scoring allocation of the summer season.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


Mark
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Jun 23, 2017, 2:45 PM

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It's baseball time

Tuesday 20 June 2017
Chatham Anglers 3-5 Hyannis Harbor Hawks
Cape Code League
Attendance: 642
Admission: free
Prog: $2 for 72 page season-long edition with photocopied game-day insert

The Cape Cod League comprises 10 teams which are staffed by the top college players during their summer break. There must be about 30 such leagues across North America but the CCL has long had a reputation of attracting the best talent, despite the emergence of several other leagues such as the Northwoods and Perfect Game that can offer better ballparks.

The Anglers play at one of the CCL's better parks, one of the few that isn't part of a high school or college, and the team was the subject of the excellent book 'The last best league' several years ago. Located in the beautiful town of Chatham, not a phrase you're likely to hear in England, Veterans Field is just off Main Street and the setting is certainly picturesque.

Spectator facilities, like most in this league, are quite limited, mostly consisting of 5 rows of aluminium bleacher seating stretching around to first & third bases. Some regulars prefer to bring folding chairs, while one local had built quite an elaborate decking platform at the bottom of his garden.

The league quickly gives the impression of being well run, with a team of welcoming volunteers helping out. Since admission is free it's customary to drop a few dollars into the collection hat or purchase a fistful of 50-50 tickets, the souvenir shop was surprisingly well stocked and the snack bar offered a decent selection, though I didn't see any beer available. It's also very kid friendly, perhaps why there was no beer, with youngsters encouraged to ask for autographs of tomorrow's baseball stars.

On the field, the standard was good and Hyannis won it with a 3-run homer in the fourth inning. It remained tight though and the Anglers had bases loaded at the bottom of the ninth but failed to bring anyone home.

Wednesday 21 June 2017
Cotuit Kettleers 3-6 Harwich Mariners
Cape Code League
Attendance: 888
Admission: free
Prog: $7 for 124 page season-long edition with photocopied game-day insert

Another 'proper little' ballpark in the CCL, Cotuit hadn't initially been in my plans but our B&B hosts were baseball fans and recommended Lowell Park over other venues.

Their recommendation proved useful as the immaculate park looks like it's been carved out of the woods in this small community. Parking on-site is limited but we found a space on an approach road to a nearby school, although I guess you'd need to allow additional time to find a space when attendances pick up in July & August.

There were substantial bleacher sections running to first and third, the former an aluminium construction and the latter a more recent, and more popular, wooden build. Further beyond, families were watching the game from picnic rugs. Elsewhere, the souvenir stand again had a great range of t-shirts and caps, and a well-stocked snack bar was in operation. Plenty of fund-raising activities again in evidence and this time I was lucky in the 50-50 draw, winning a pair of ferry tickets to Martha's Vineyard, ironically the very place we were planning to visit the following day.

Cotuit are not alone in the CCL in not having floodlights, necessitating a 5pm start. Harwich immediately raced into a 3-run lead although the Kettleers put up a fight before leaving 2 runners stranded in the ninth.

Thursday 22 June 2017
Falmouth Commodores 10-5 Hyannis Harbor Hawks
Cape Code League
Attendance: 729
Admission: free
Prog: $5 for 76 page season-long edition with photocopied game-day insert

Another enjoyable evening watching baseball in the Cape. Arnie Allen Diamond was better than I had been expecting - it's based at a college and the ballpark is shared with American football, but the latter has no impact other than to provide some badly-positioned bleachers down right field that face the outfield rather than being angled towards home plate. There are better seating options in bleachers by first base and a smaller section by third, but many people were on the surrounding grass bank watching from folding chairs, with quite a few having brought their dog along.

Parking was easy in the college car park, which was handily sited just off Main Street. The whole ballpark felt very lively and again there was plenty of active fundraising, an excellent souvenir shop and a decent range of food & drink.

The highlight of an otherwise close game was some dreadful 8th inning pitching from Hyannis which cost them the game. Coming into the game, their guy threw ball after ball, walking 5 consecutive batters for 2 runs & loaded bases before being pulled. His replacement couldn't recover the position, giving up a few hits which added a further 5 runs and put the game out of reach.


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cherryhopper
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Jun 24, 2017, 11:18 PM

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Connacht Senior Football Championship quarter final
London 0-16 Leitrim 3-10

At McGovern Park, Ruislip
Adm £10, prog £5, att maybe 4k

The redeveloped London GAA headquarters a Ruislip finally opens after a few false starts, and very good it is too. The main clubhouse remains as it was, but the rest of the ground is unrecognisable. The pitch has been shunted slightly to the NW, towards the houses on Masson Ave. This means the 'road' along that side of the pitch is no more, replaced by a couple of steps of uncovered hard standing.

The space created has been filled with a 1,950 seat stand running pretty much the full length of the pitch with about 20 rows of green plastic seats. A perspex roof spans the central portion of the seats. The dressing rooms are under the stand, so players now enter the middle of the pitch rather than from the social club at the end.

Overall a good account of themsleves from London, but Leitrim will have their work cut out in a Connacht semi final facing Roscommon. London enter the qualifiers system.

For anybody wanting a trip to Ruislip to see the new facilities, London will play all their NFL and NHL games at home in the spring 2018 season, having spent the entire 2017 season on the road while building works went on. I'll post fixtures here once they are confirmed in late 2017.

Was planning to go to this but put off by their website saying only a limited number of tickets would be available on the gate. No such problems it would appear getting into this Sunday's All Ireland Qualifier vs Carlow so now planning to attend this. Admission on gate £13, throw-in 1pm.


Wheelbarrow
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All Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers Round 1B
London 0-12 Carlow 0-13
McGovern Park, Ruislip, 1pm
Adm £13, prog £3

London suffer a frustrating exit to this year's championship as Carlow were there for the taking. The visitors set out with a blanket defence looking to stifle London and it worked well. At one point, London gained possession on their own 45m line, only for their player to be facing 27 players downfield.

Carlow, to be fair, were far more clinical when presented with chances and London can rue some poor shooting. Things could have been different if London had got a goal within seconds of the restart as they won possession at the throw in and tore down the pitch. The driving shot, however, just looped over rather than under the bar. Both teams finished with 14 players after a dismissal for two bookings a piece. These were only 5 minutes apart so played no real part in the result. The referee did not distinguish himself, seeming far quicker to blow for a Carlow free then a London one. London got it down to the minimum just before the end, but couldn't quite earn an extension to the game.


All-Britain Inter-County Junior Football Championship Semi final
London 0-11 Warwickshire 3-12
McGovern Park, Ruislip, 3pm

The follow up game was the British Junior semi final, with a spot in the 1/2 July final at stake, against Kilkenny (yes, really, a Kilkenny football team!), who were one point victors over Lancashire yesterday. The winners of that will go on to the All Ireland Junior Football semi final against the Leinster representatives.

London's day went from bad to worse when they were blown away by a much quicker Warwickshire team who rattled in three first half goals in a short space of time. With 15 minutes gone it was 0-1 to 3-3 and things were pretty much decided. The teams kept roughly pace with each other after that and I don't remember London ever closing the gap to less than 9. A more deserved win for the English midlanders than the Irish ones earlier on.


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mxhornet
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Jun 25, 2017, 9:04 PM

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Sunday 25th June 2017 2pm
Hethersett Hawks 85 Norwich Stars 71
South East & Eastern Cycle Speedway League Division One
Free admission
Programme none issued
Attendance 25ish (rough headcount)

Previously I've only seen one cycle speedway meeting but unfortunately I have no record of it, all I remember is it was an individual rather than team affair at Norwich Stars home of Eaton Park. This must have been around 8-10 years ago. Anyway having looked at a few possible fixtures recently I thought a local derby would be a good time to have another look.

A rather relaxed atmosphere before the start which was 15 minutes later than advertised, for no real reason I could make out. Hethersett 4th placed led from start to finish against their 6th placed neighbours. I had pondered whether to stay for the Division Two fixture that was due to follow at 3-30pm but with still no sign of action at 3-55 I left rather than push my luck on our wedding anniversary. A good decision it turns out, as it was abandoned due to rider injury.





Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


cherryhopper
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Jun 25, 2017, 10:06 PM

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All Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers Round 1B
London 0-12 Carlow 0-13
McGovern Park, Ruislip, 1pm
Adm £13, prog £3

London suffer a frustrating exit to this year's championship as Carlow were there for the taking. The visitors set out with a blanket defence looking to stifle London and it worked well. At one point, London gained possession on their own 45m line, only for their player to be facing 27 players downfield.

Carlow, to be fair, were far more clinical when presented with chances and London can rue some poor shooting. Things could have been different if London had got a goal within seconds of the restart as they won possession at the throw in and tore down the pitch. The driving shot, however, just looped over rather than under the bar. Both teams finished with 14 players after a dismissal for two bookings a piece. These were only 5 minutes apart so played no real part in the result. The referee did not distinguish himself, seeming far quicker to blow for a Carlow free then a London one. London got it down to the minimum just before the end, but couldn't quite earn an extension to the game.

Also at McGovern Park along with The Wall. Didn't stay for the second game. My first visit since a 21-10 defeat to Galway in May 2009, that day both teams scored a goal each but this time had to settle for single points but at least it was close and there were never more than 3 points in it. The hosts took the lead for the only time early on just after hitting the post, the visitors took over to lead 4-2 before the hosts got back to 4-4 but 3 more kicks between the uprights gave the visitors a 7-4 lead before the hosts clawed it back to a single point with kicks either side of half time. Similar pattern in second half with visitors just staying ahead. Surprised when the hosts, 13-11 down deep into injury time went for another single point when they needed all three, the final whistle blew 30 seconds later.

Since my last visit a new stand has been built with 11 rows of green seats, the middle section covered by a multi span roof similar, but much smaller, to the main stand at Manchester City's old Maine Road ground. Ground is just off the A40 Polish War Memorial exit opposite Northolt Aerodrome, the nearest station South Ruislip but an earlier incident causing delays on the Central Line meant having to get the Metropolitan Line to Ruislip, then the E7 bus which runs 3 times an hour to Ealing Broadway passing not only this ground but also Ealing rugby ground offering an alternative to the Overground Line to Greenford which doesn't run on Sunday's when London Broncos are at home.


Mark
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Baseball ...

Sunday 2 July 2017
Plattsburgh Redbirds 3-2 Puerto Rico Islanders
Empire League
Attendance: approx 90
Admission: $8
Prog: none

The Empire League is in its second year and is the bottom rung of professional baseball, although I expect the players are only paid living expenses as it essentially operates as a shop window. The players are those left over after all the other independent leagues have recruited and they play in the hope that their performances will earn them a contract with a better independent team and, from there, being scouted by a major league team and working their way up through its minor league affiliates.

There are only four teams in the league and Puerto Rico are a 'travelling' team, so they play all their games away. This leads to some odd scheduling as today was meant to be part of a 17 game home-stand across 16 consecutive days. However, recent heavy rain has caused considerable disruption with the schedule and the car park was empty when I arrived for the midday start. I continued up to the press box where I was informed the start had been delayed by 2 hours to allow more time to prepare the field. There was no mention of this on either the team's website, which seemed to be stuck in a 2-day delay, or their Twitter account, last updated in February, so it was no surprise to see other cars arriving as we headed into downtown Plattsburgh for lunch.

The ballpark is park of the local university's sports complex and is set in a pleasant wooded area. Tickets are purchased from a table at the entrance down left field and facilities beyond are fairly limited but ok I guess for the crowd size. There's a single section of 10-row bleachers wrapping around behind home plate & with a press box at the top, a food truck providing food & drink, a couple of portaloos, a faded scoreboard in the outfield and that's it - no souvenir stand surprisingly and no floodlights, hence 'evening' games begin at 4.30pm.

The game was close but the standard of play reminded me of the skill involved in execution of moves such as a double play, which looks effortless when done well. A few players looked as if they were carrying too much weight and another was the slowest ball player I've ever seen. Starting on second, a long drive over the right fielder should have brought him home but by the time he'd reached third he was only a few yards ahead of the guy running from first!

Plattsburgh went ahead when the third-baseman let a line drive go past him, but Puerto Rico levelled with 2 runs in the last inning. A tense finish was set-up with Plattsburgh having 2 outs, bases loaded and facing a change of pitcher, but a line drive through the middle brought home the winning run.


mxhornet
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Thursday 22-06-17 7pm
Thoroughbreds Ponies - 13 Norwich City Flyers - 46
Norwich & District Summer League Division Six
Sewell Park Academy


My scoring allocation this week.

After scoring the first goal Ponies were on the backfoot for rest of the first quarter (16-2), they coped better in the middle periods ((25-6) and (33-10) before tailing off again the last 15 minutes.

I'm back at Sewell Park next Thursday for my last scheduled scoring allocation of the summer season.


An umpiring change meant I wasn't required after all. As beginner umpires have to score the game themselves and on that subject I attended the "In To Officiating Award" course last Sunday and am now a beginner umpire myself.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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Jul 9, 2017, 2:33 PM

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Gaelic Football
AIB league Div 1
Kingdom Kerry Gaels 5-22 (37)
Garryowen 1-03 (6)
Free no paper and 40 hc

Played at McGovern Park, Ruislip
Newly re opened McGovern Park sits directly by the side of the A40 and opposite RAF Northolt. It was a 10 minute straight road walk from Ruislip Gardens. It is a huge complex with the pitch being almost double to the size of real football pitch.
A massive seated stand was opened on 27th May 2017 with the main purpose being to host London GAA who play in the Irish Gaelic set up and charge £15 on their match days.
The rest of the ground is like any new non league ground you'll find these days. Mesh fencing with concrete walkway. 1 step terracing around the ground. Big clubhouse for when London GAA play which had 4 TVs showing Sky etc and all the different Irish beers. Fixtures can be found searching London GAA twitter and website. Enjoyable 60 mins of action.


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Sunday 9th July 2017 2pm
Hethersett Hawks 85 Hellingly Lions 75
South East & Eastern Cycle Speedway League Division One

then at 3-30pm
Hethersett Hawks 85 Hellingly Lions 75
South East & Eastern Cycle Speedway League Division Two
Free admission
Programme none issued
Attendance 15ish (rough headcount)

A quick return to Hethersett for cycle speedway, though looking at future fixtures I'm not sure I'll make it to any more this season. This time around I was able to take in the second match as well. As you can see above both matches won by the home side by indentical scores. The second matches is intended to give younger / less experienced riders a chance to race, however in reality most riders ride both matches particularly the visitors, in this case Hellingly who had travelled up from Sussex used almost exactly same squad for both matches.






Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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More baseball ...

Tuesday 4 July 2017
North Adams Steeplecats 5-4 Valley Blue Sox
New England Collegiate League
Attendance: 4,634
Admission: $5
Prog: 4 pages, free

There could barely be a better way to spend the fourth of July. We drove up through the beautiful Berkshire mountains in northern Massachusetts, arriving in Williamstown for lunch. It's home to the leading liberal arts college in the US and the whole place was looking immaculate and manicured to within an inch of its existence.

It's also home to a highly-prized art museum, but we were heading a couple of miles along the road to North Adams, a former mill town that has probably seen better days but is nevertheless undergoing a resurgence in fortunes. The key component in its turnaround is MASS MoCA, it's own art museum of the modern variety, housed in about a dozen adjoining, and rather majestic, red-brick warehouses. It was so good we stayed until closing time and only just managed to bag one of the last remaining parking spaces at the Steeplecats’ Joe Wolfe Field.

The venue was built in 1986 on the site of the town's former ballpark and it's an ideal small town baseball setting - a covered grandstand wrapping around behind home plate, grass banking along right field and mountains rising beyond the outfield. North Adams has never hosted a professional minor league team but the expansion of the summer collegiate leagues in recent years has really added a new dimension to the game in allowing small towns like this to stage a very good standard of baseball in some wonderful, homely ballparks.

With it being a national holiday the crowd was much larger than usual and we managed to acquire some of the last remaining seats. The only downsides were that there were rather a lot of poles at the front of the stand providing supports for the roof and also for the safety 'cage', whereas most teams use more unobtrusive netting to prevent spectators being knocked unconscious. And as it's a small stand it was difficult not to be aware of the constant flow of people along the front aisle, not helped by Americans' apparent inability to sit for any length of time without requiring food and/or drink, usually and. Naturally, I took the opportunity of sorting this out before the game started, a pleasant wheat beer from the North Adams Brewery costing $6.

On the field, it was another close one. North Adams raced into a 4-run lead but Valley out-hit the hosts, pulled back to within one run and had 2 runners on base with no outs in the final inning, leading to a very tense finish. Post-game fireworks rounded off a great day.


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And another baseball instalment ...

Wednesday 5 July 2017
Newport Gulls 3-1 Ocean State Waves
New England Collegiate League
Attendance: 2,321
Admission: $5
Prog: 84 page season-long edition with photocopied game-day insert, free

This is probably one of the best places you could visit to watch baseball. Newport is a very attractive, upscale coastal town in Rhode Island, and was host to the America’s Cup for many years. The ballpark is in a prime real estate area, on the edge of the shopping district and just across the road from the marina, and was all set to be demolished in the 1980s to make way for badly-needed parking. Fortunately, the park was saved and parking was built over the road alongside the tourist info centre, which is where we parked. Arriving at 3pm, three and a half hours before the start time, we were expecting to pay $15-20 but after saying that we were staying for the game we were only charged the baseball parking rate of $2! I recall something similar when parking in San Francisco - despite arriving in the morning we paid less for parking than the regular day rate simply because we were intending to stay into the evening for the baseball.

After 3 pleasant hours in the town it was off to the wonderful old-style ballpark that is Cardines Field. The site is tightly hemmed-in on every side - home plate is just a matter of yards from a busy road intersection, while the outfield boundary doesn’t follow the curve you see at other parks but is instead much more jagged as it looks as though bits of land have been sold over the years to adjoining properties. As a result of the field’s non-standard shape there are a number of ground rules that are particular to Cardines - a ball that becomes lodged in the ivy growing through the fence in right field is a ground rule double; a ball striking any branch or part of the tree in left field is a home run; and a ball that strikes the adjoining warehouse without first hitting the fence or white pole is a foul ball, but a ball striking the ground, the fence or the white pole and bouncing off the warehouse is regarded as fair.

With so little space available, facilities such as ticket office, snack bar, souvenir hut and toilets all face onto the pavement and after using them spectators have to show their ticket to re-enter the park. It also means that many foul balls go straight over the stands and onto nearby property - at least a dozen went onto the intersection, hit cars in a nearby open car park or rolled into the fire station - resulting in the Gulls invoking a no re-admission rule to anyone who stupidly runs out of the park and straight into the road in their pursuit of baseballs. I watched one bounce on the intersection and roll into the entrance courtyard of the Marriott Hotel; it was still unclaimed by the following inning so I walked over and claimed it.

Since joining the NECL about 15 years ago, Newport have become one of the most successful and best supported teams at this level. The ballpark is a glorious mix of 5 covered and uncovered stands, wrapping from left to right field, and which look as though they’ve been untouched for decades. All of the seating is wooden benches and as there are no aisles you have to clamber over the benches to reach the back rows. I’d be surprised if there’s any other baseball venue that brings the spectators so close to the action; in fact there isn’t even enough space along third base for a dugout, so both dugouts have been squeezed in by first.

On the park, it was another close encounter. Neighbours Ocean State levelled in the 7th inning and looked to be peaking at the right time only for Newport, who are enduring their worst season for many years, to hit back with a 2-run homer in the eighth.

Cracking stuff.

Thursday 6 July 2017
Worcester Bravehearts 3-2 Pittsfield Suns
Futures Collegiate League
Attendance: 1,792
Admission: $7
Prog: 32 page season-long edition with photocopied game-day insert, $1

Worcester is the second largest city in Massachusetts and this 10:30 start handily tied-in with our journey back to Logan Airport. The early start was due to the day’s promotion being camp day and most of the spectators were from various summer & day camps, plus a few works outings. They must have some good sponsors as almost everyone there would have attracted a group discount and there were relatively few people like myself who would have paid on the day. They even gave all the kids free baseball caps! Anyway, I sat near third base behind a day camp and I thought their behaviour was exemplary.

The snappily-named Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field is built on the campus of Holy Cross, a liberal arts college. I think the park has a long history but was re-built about 12 years ago to allow Worcester to gain a place in the Can-Am League, a decent-standard independent league. Financial problems forced the team to fold after 7 or 8 years, but the Bravehearts brought baseball back to the city when they joined the less-demanding summer collegiate scene. It means that they now play at what must be one of the most impressive ballparks at this level. Admittedly, it looks a lot like many ballparks constructed over the past 15 years, but is nevertheless a comfortable and well thought-out facility. The entrance brings you out onto the concourse directly above the seating, allowing you to queue for food & drink while still watching the game. The seating, which has been fitted to a good spec, then slopes down toward the field and wraps around from left to right field. The concourse contained an impressive range of eating & drinking options, certainly far more than you’d expect at a summer collegiate league, but relatively few people lining up to use them. I had a look at the beers and the choice was decent enough, including 1 or 2 local options, but as it was really hot I decided that a snow cone was a more appropriate option.

Notable features of the ballpark are that the outfield looks directly onto a raised portion of the I290 freeway, while beyond right field is the 3-sided American football stadium whose size suggests that the college must get pretty good support. There’s also a parking garage serving both sports, so I doubt it’s overly tested by the baseball.

Yet again, events on the park were top notch. In a game of few hits, Pittsfield went into a 2-run lead in the 7th. It was difficult to see any way back for Worcester but they got a couple of runners on base in the 8th, albeit without scoring, before leading off with a home run in the bottom of the 9th. With no outs, they soon put runners on second & third, and then loaded the bases when Pittsfield made a questionable decision to intentionally walk the next batter. The decision backfired when the following batter was also walked, though not intentionally, to level the score at 2-2, before a wild pitch brought the winning run.


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Saturday 22 July 2017

Greyhound Racing @ Hall Green

Admission £7, Racecard/Programme with admission

I'm a bit indifferent with my interest in greyhound racing although when I saw Workington's post on here earlier in the month of this places closure I knew I would regret it if I didn't go.

Typical greyhound stadium in that the Grandstand consisted of two floors in which the top floor was for table dining and ground floor had a large tote kiosk and a fast food outlet plus two bars. Thought the general appearance of the place was decent enough. Crowd was clearly more then usual which lead to long queues at the tote kiosk and with only 13 mins between races there were a few pissed off people.

As stated in Workingtons post next weeks meeting is the last and tickets will not be available on the night.

I wonder which will be the next one to go????


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Saturday 29 August 2017
Major League Baseball – American League
Toronto Blue Jays 5 Los Angeles Angels 6
Attendance 46,502
Admission $38
Programme $5

An unexpected opportunity led me to attend my third different venue for a Major League Baseball Game. My previous games had taken place at the Yankees and Mets but from what I recall this game day experience was different. Most noticeable was the number of people walking around the stadium buying food and drink during the game. This was really distracting and led to me missing a couple of home runs. The other was the late arrival of a large number of spectators. Quite a few only appeared half way through the game. It seems that it is all about the day out and less on watching the game. One pleasant difference was that the Blue Jays issue a three day game programme (84 pages) which covers the fixtures against one team at a time. For S5 the programme was extremely good and up to date. I also picked up a season guide in the club shop before the game. My ticket was easy to obtain on the day with various seating and pricing locations offered. The first ticket offered was $66 with my alternative $38

The Rogers Centre (Stadium Name) stands underneath Toronto’s CN Tower and is close to the main railway station Union. The airport rail connection terminal is also about 5 minutes away so the location is excellent for public transport. Across the road from the stadium is the Steam Whistle Brewery with its own bars. This is part of a disused railway marshalling yard and the brewery and bars are located in a converted train engine shed complex next to a disused large turntable. The area has been landscaped and a collection old engine locomotives is now in situ. It is very atmospheric and I guess in any other city would have been built on.

The stadium itself is very good. You can walk a full circumference of the stadium without interruption when inside. There are various souvenir booth’s and food vending areas available. Standard beer and craft beers are available. Unfortunately despite the large variety of food available I managed to pick possibly the worst in world sport. A chef inspired waffle on a stick with chicken filling. Unfortunately the waffle was sweet and on this occasion sweet and savoury did not go together. The food and drink was also expensive, likewise so were the souvenirs on sale. My waffles, a portion of chips and a pint of larger worked out at around £20. The stands are sort of a horseshoe configuration with the open end housing executive boxes, a large video screen scoreboard. The upper tier does not have any cover so it got a bit hot under the afternoon sun.

I sat in one of the upper tears and had a good view when people actually sat down for 5 minutes. The game itself was quote boring until the last couple of innings. During the first three the most interesting thing was a player splitting his bat into three when attempting a shot.

Overall Toronto is a magnificent city and I would highly recommend it.


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World Athletics Championships - Day 1
London Stadium

Admission: £75
Programme: £10 for event programme but included for that you also got the day 1 programme, if sold separate £6
Attendance: Full house


£75 may sound steep, but worth it to say you were then when Mo won. Plus also saw Bolt.

Fantastic atmosphere, noise unbelievable during last lap of Mo race, the atmosphere was fun, welcoming, happy, inclusive - very different from my visit last year to see West Ham play!



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Friday 4 August 2017.

Horse Racing @ Bangor on Dee

Admission £20, Racecard £3

Great day at Bangor on Dee. Let the train take the strain and they run a complimentary bus from Wrexham General station 90 mins before the first race, journey takes about 20 mins.

It was a 7 race card with 5 of the 7 favourites winning ! Most impressive was the Dan Skelton trained Daulys Anthem. I haven't seen a horse win so easily in a long time and he won in similar fashion at Stratford the day before.

The course was much better then I was expecting, there's no main stand but there's grass banking where you get a decent view. All the buildings are modern although I wouldn't wanna be here on a wet day with a big crowd, luckily the weather was decent (rare for me lately).

One strange thing was having to pay £10 to enter the course enclosure then have to pay another £10 to get into the paddock enclosure. Quite why they don't have an entrance for each enclosure I don't know.


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'' Most impressive was the Dan Skelton trained Daulys Anthem.''






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Monday 14-08-17 6-30pm
Active Norfolk Workplace Challenge Netball Tournament
East Anglian Squash & Tennis Centre

I had been to this venue on 4 of the 5 previous Mondays for Netball Now (a pay and play version of the game) as part of my umpire training. Tournaments hadn't really caught my imagination with short games, but it did offer me a good chance for more training.

There were eight entrants divided in to two groups of four who then played each other on a round robin basis. So each group had 6 games of 12 minutes played as two halves with games starting every 15 minutes. I was allocated to the group one games involving NUA Art Attack, UEA RID, Aviva Fusion and group winners Naked Wines. The group winners then met in the final Naked Wines v Aviva Rebels which I watched as the other umpiring team took on the final. After 4-4 draw, Naked Wines won 3-1 on penalties.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


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Thursday 07-09-17 7pm
Rackheath Red - 13 Watton Lightning - 39
Norwich & District Winter League
City Academy Norwich

My first scoring allocation of the new season and just to prove it was start of the winter season it was a chilly and wet evening.

After being ahead early on Rackheath soon found themselves behind against one of the best sides in the league. First quarter ended 12-4, Watton stretched their lead to 22-5. Rackheath fared better in the second half, 33-10 at three quarter time and 39-13 at full time after low scoring last quarter.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


mxhornet
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Thursday 14-09-17 8pm
McCarthy Gems - 38 Hollies - 15
Norwich & District Winter League
City Academy Norwich

My scoring allocation this week and another chilly and wet evening.

McCarthy built an early lead and Hollies only scored their first goal late in the first quarter (10-1) it wasn't quite so one side from then on but Gems always in control 19-6 at half time. The third quarter being the closest after which Gems led 26-11 before a more dominant last period.




Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.

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